Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre
3.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre is your gateway into a stunning historical forest; home to the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and some incredible ancient giant oak trees, including the Major Oak. Managed and protected by the RSPB and partners, the Forest is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Every time you visit Sherwood, you’re helping support and project this valuable forest for the future.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Alan T
Warrington, UK327 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Had a very enjoyable afternoon walking through this incredible forest. The visitor centre is light and airy and does its job well. My only complaint would be the signage in the forest, which I found overly intrusive, especially near the Major Oak. This detracts from the 'wild' experience. If people want this information, give them a leaflet or point them to the appropriate online source.
Written 26 May 2024
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Thank you so much for your rating and review. We're delighted you enjoyed your time in the forest and thank you very much for that constructive feedback.
Written 27 May 2024
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777glamb
Lowestoft, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Took part in the dawn chorus guided walk. Amazing experience.
The knowledge from the guides Rob and Indy was amazing which made it a stunning experience. Helped by a perfect morning we saw and heard many different species, which without the amazing guides we would not have been aware of.
This was a fantastic experience which made the early start worthwhile.
Written 5 May 2024
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Thank you so much for that lovely review. We're so delighted it was such a wonderful experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to Sherwood soon.
Written 9 May 2024
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Ann R
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Living locally I visited Sherwood Forest almost weekly over the past fifteen years but only twice since the RSPB took over. On my visit yesterday we paid £5 for parking and I set off into the forest with my rollator. The logs crossing the path on the initial approach are so high that it makes it difficult to push a rollator over them. Walking further the paths were so deeply rutted and uneven that disabled walking is extremely strenuous and I very quickly had to turn back. My complaint is that I was charged £5 for disabled parking only to have to leave after a short time. A further point the parking ticket shows Fee paid as 0.50p i.e. 50pence I will not be visiting again nor will I re-join the RSPB or give any further donations towards the purchase of sites.
Written 27 March 2024
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Hi Thank you for taking the time to post your review and to let us know about the issues you faced during your visit last week. I was sorry to read you had such problems accessing the forest with your rollator. We do aim to make the forest as accessible as possible. It would be interesting to know which routes you took in and out of the forest so we can pinpoint the locations of these obstacles and address the issues. Some sections of the trails have been impacted by the recent wet weather, but most are passable and our outdoor team has been busy scraping mud from paths and trails, and removing fallen trees, to make them easier to negotiate. What it also be possible to have a photo of the parking ticket, as the price display is also an issue that has not been raised? If you could email me at sherwoodforest@rspb.org.uk I can look into this issues and see how they can be remedied. Once again, I apologise for the experience you had at Sherwood Forest on this occasion and I do hope we can persuade you to visit again in future. Thanks Rob James, Communications Officer
Written 2 April 2024
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P B
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Shocking is understatement, what's happened to sherwood forest, it looked dead, and it was the weekend, no magic, no people with happy faces, why and why the demolished the beautiful old visiters centre, it had everything in one place, big Robin hood restaurant with wooden tables, chairs and looking the part with Robin hood theme, it served a traditional hot English food, and pleasant staff, it had toilets inside and the site also a large toilets facilities for women and men, also a beautiful gifts shops and learning centre, with a cinema for children and and adults a like, the whole site was solid and well built for purpose of the legend of Robin hood, the style of the buildings were fitting with the forest in shape and colors, and from the outside you would not notice and difference between them and the trees, the position of the whole site of the old visitors centre was perfect as it was in the middle of the walk way towards the major oak, so visiters could have a break and rest and refreshments before continuing their walks towards the the major oak tree, especially if you you small children. I found the argument about the reason given that the concervation and the restoring of little tiny area, which the old visiters centre purposely built on. Is not convincing, these people who are managing sherwood forest now, are more interested in birds visiting sherwood forest than humans, hence concervation and returning the site to nature, well this time they got it wrong, I am sure a little tiny area of the old visiters centre which is less than an acre will stop the birds from coming to sherwood forest, or will harm the forest in shape or form, the sherwood forest is huge, with thousands of trees, so there is plenty of room for the concervation projects elsewhere, in sherwood forest, but where the small site where was the old visiters centre which was not effecting any old oak trees, as the buildings were bit far from any major trees, and I don't think people come to that particular area to see birds, or hear about them, everyone you asked they will tell you, that they are at sherwood forest for the legend of Robin hood and major oak, and the area which consists of the major oak and the surrounding walking paths, and the history of the old way of life back then, and most importantly the old visiters centre, which was a hit with the children and adults a like, because it made the whole area magical, and made it a special place to visit, and the idea that the old visiters centre was effecting the roots of the trees is nonsense, and if the concervation people are concern to returning little tiny area to nature, why are they cutting trees across road from the old visiters centre to build roads leading to the new village built next door to the forest!!!. Note, the new visitor centre does not fit with the forest, a gift shop with over priced merchandise and a cold looking canteen, when u inside, you feel like you are in a hospital canteen and not in sherwood forest, and noting inside give you any feel of Robin hood story, no connection what so ever, it made Tesco Caffè looks like a mitchelin star restaurant.
Written 9 February 2024
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dnowland_12
Leeds, UK4,284 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
A Modern visitor centre doing what you want it to do before you venture into nature, exploring the forest and visiting the "Great Oak"
Written 1 December 2023
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peter t f
Leicestershire, UK57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
Good choice of forest walks on fairly smooth pathways for young and old alike. Plenty of ice cream trucks, cafes, open space and play areas for kids to burn off lots of energy & picnic
Written 1 October 2023
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Thanks for your rating and review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Sherwood and appreciate the time you've taken to post your thoughts about it.
Written 9 October 2023
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Traveling Ammonite
268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Friendly and informative staff, cool things to see and buy if you're a fan of birdwatching and/or Robin Hood. I'd never been to Sherwood Forest before, so I have no idea what the previous visitor center looked like, but this - in no small part because of the folks working there - was very welcoming and friendly. Thank you
Written 30 August 2023
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Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We're so glad you enjoyed your day and we'll share your kind feedback with our staff. Thanks again.
Written 4 September 2023
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Sarah K
Milton Keynes, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We’ve been here many years ago so were quite confused when we first arrived - it looks totally different! We really enjoyed it in 2014 and we really enjoyed it in 2023. Very dog friendly, super walks, loved the cafe and we also had a look around the visitor centre and fabulous little shops nearby. All staff were so friendly and incredibly helpful - in fact they all went over and above and clearly enjoy being there :)
£5 to park all day is good value, and with no entry charge this is a very reasonable trip out.
Thank you, we’ll be back next time we visit this beautiful area!
Written 26 June 2023
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Thank you so much for your review and rating. We're delighted you enjoyed your day at Sherwood Forest and hope that you choose to visit again soon.
Written 3 July 2023
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fiona n
41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Lovely little centre with a few different crafters and suppliers. Really recommend the cafe. Parking can be a little tricky . Ideal place to find that present for the special person.
Written 10 June 2023
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GrahamP113
Witham, UK1,914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Were in the area and it would be wrong to miss coming here for the history and the site of the major oak. It is really well set out with big car park, lovely centre and cafe. The walks are really well set out and so easy to follow through the woods. Could spend a lot of time in the woods imagining the history of what went before.
Written 9 May 2023
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Thanks so much for your review and rating. We're delighted you had such an enjoyable visit. We hope to see you at Sherwood again soon.
Written 12 May 2023
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